Stamplorations Sketch Challenge #36- Guest Designer!

I am excited to be a guest designer for Stamplorations #36 challenge this month!

Here’s my card: Slide3and the inspiration sketch

stamplorationschallengesketch36I used the Shower of Flutters – ARTplorations Stencil along with the Trendy Butterflies Stamp Set from Stamplorations for this card.


I have been having a lot of fun with this stencil! You can see some of the other cards that I have made with it here, here or here. This time I chose to mask off part of the card front to imitate the design of the sketch.

Slide2Thank you, Shery, for choosing my card as STAMPlorations Sketch Challenge #33 Winner and giving me the privilege of Guest Designing for Sketch #36!

Slide1Thanks for stopping by!

stamplorationsgdblogbadge-MelissaLaneP.S. Besides some fun news of receiving the HM at CASology for this Popcorn card, I also have some other exciting news this week. I’m Guest Designing, not for just 1 but for 2 challenges over at Stamplorations! Check out my other card here. Go on over to the Stamplorations blog to play along at the Sketch and/or the Monthly Challenge. 🙂

Stamplorations Guest Designer- July Challenge: Stamps and Distressing

I am happy to be Guest Designing for Stamplorations’ July Challenge: Stamps and Distressing, this month.

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Slide2The shell image is a Stamplorations digital stamp which I duplicated, resized, overlapped and then printed onto some water-color paper. seashell-stamplorationsdigipreview

A couple of photos served as inspiration for this card.

Beach with conch shell under blue sky       Conch Shell


To start, I used some dish soap bubbles, tinted with re-inkers, to create some different watercolor background papers. I chose one of these papers to use as the water for this card.  (You can see the piece I used in the photo below, the one on the top right.)


Click on this photo for more information about how I made these papers.

Then I roughly sponged some Tim Holtz Pumice Stone distress ink onto the corners and some SU Soft Sky over the rest.


Next, I added Glossy Accents and used white and silver gel pens to create little circles as bubbles. I applied ink to the shells with a little water and a paint brush. I sponged on a variety light brown inks, SU and Tim Holtz,  to make the sand. Then I brushed on some more ink and water and dabbed/rubbed it off to add some texture to the sand. I’m usually more a CAS type gal, but I had a lot of fun making this mixed media card!Slide2


I did some fussy cutting and then assembled the pieces with a base of white cs, some Tombow Mono Lquid adhesive and 3M foam tape to pop the shells up a little. Lastly, I adhered the panel to a piece of SU Blushing Bride and then attached it to a Night of Navy base. This is a large card, measuring about 5″ x 5 3/4″. I’m going to lay this over at SSS Monday’s Challenge: Summer.


Thank you, Shery, for choosing my card as a top pick and giving me the privilege of Guest Designing for this month’s challenge!

Slide3I hope that you like my card and enjoyed this post. Please stop on over at the Stamplorations Blog for the July Challenge for more inspiration from the other Guest Designers and the Stamplorations Girls!

Thanks for stopping by!


Places I’m Playing:

Simon Monday Challenge Blog

Uniko Studio – June Challenge: Anything Goes – Reminder

   Hi! Today I’m back as a Guest Designer with a reminder post to encourage you to play along over at Uniko Studio’s June Challenge!

IMG_5894editedThis month’s challenge is Anything Goes- with the optional twist of a masculine card. I did some masking and ink blending to make this, a masculine one layer card.

IMG_5895editedI used a couple of Uniko’s super and free digi stamps to make this card. I made two other similar cards as well.

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I also made a couple of feminine cards for this reminder too! I used Uniko’s English Country Garden – Butterflies. Uniko’s new website is looking really cool. You should go check it out!


IMG_6711editedFor both of my butterfly cards I heat embossed onto SU! vellum with clear embossing powder. I’m going to play this over at SSS Wednesday’s: Anything Goes.



Here is my second butterfly card.


I used the photo below as inspiration for my purple card.

I used a watercolor smooshing technique for both of these cards and then used my heat tool to dry the vellum. This was a bit tricky, but if you are careful you can straighten the vellum out, not re-melt the embossing powder and get a nice result!


And just when I thought I was finished with this Guest Designer post…….

look what was in my mailbox last night! Royal Mail! 🙂

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So, you know I had to make a quick card this morning and add it to this post. The stamp set was just screaming, “Masculine card awaiting!”

So here it is.

IMG_6837editedI stamped in VersaMark, heat embossed in black, sponged on SU! Pacific Point, added the white gel pen outlines and the PTI “Thanks” sentiment. IMG_6836editedI look forward to much more  stamping fun with this set!

Thank you, Bev, for the opportunity to Guest Design for this challenge!

Thanks for stopping by!

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Places I’m Playing:

Simon Wednesday Challenge Blog

Casology Week #144 Guest Designer!

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Excited?! Yes. Nervous? Most definitely! Mostly though, honored.

I reveled in having my card chosen, by Kymona, as the winner for Week 142: Sweet. Well, I reveled for a few hours and then it occurred to me that past winners had turned into Guest Designers! Gulp! When I was invited by Melissa from CASology to be a guest designer for this week’s challenge I thought, “Yes! Wait, Oh No!!” 🙂

But here I am with my card for this week’s cue word…..

Week 144 - Flight

IMG_4163editedFrom the photos below you can see that I did some ink blending/sponging, stamped the butterfly images and then punched them out. The sentiment is from PTI’s Swoosh Sentiment stamp set. The inks, stamp and punch are all Stampin’ Up. I used Neenah Classic Crest Super Smooth Solar White stock for the card base.

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I have a confession to make. I made 11 different cards for this challenge! I asked my family to help me choose which one to share.

IMG_4167editedCurious about the rest of the cards that I made for this cue word? Here’s a slideshow of the other 10. 🙂

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What do you think? Is there another one that you would have chosen to feature?

I will look forward to reading your comments sometime soon. I’m not sure when that will be though because I will be having a test performed on my heart today. These past few months have been a test of faith for me, but God continues to pour out His grace on me and I know He’ll be with me no matter the result. If you have a mind to, please pray for me today and share any encouraging Scripture too. I would greatly appreciate that. I pray that I will have reason to “Celebrate” as my card says, but either way I know that God is the God of the rainbow. He’s The Ultimate Promise Keeper and He won’t abandon me. No matter what!

 I’m beyond thrilled to be this week’s Guest Designer at CASology!! I hope you will be sure to play along with the challenge this week.  I can’t wait to see what your take is on the “Flight” cue word.  Please make sure to stop by the challenge blog and check out the superb creations from the design team too.  Thanks so much to Melissa and the DT for allowing me to play along with you this week.

Thanks for stopping by!


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 I’m also going to play over at Uniko Studio’s: Things with Wings and Time Out’s Challenge #29: You Can’t Have a Rainbow without a Little Rain.

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P.S. I discovered this young man’s sign language music video the other day. I thought you might like to watch it. He signs to Mercy Me’s song “Greater”.

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P.P.S. If you are interested in an update on my heart test please click on over here or you can look to the right, at the side bar, and find Recent Posts: Lanes in the Promised Land & click on the “Good News” post.